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A few years later, my good friend Ziggy showed up at the pipe club with some stellar GBD Virgins sporting perspex stems and silver bands, originally fitted to the pipes by Smoker's Haven. I came home from the meeting with a prince, a canadian and an apple that wold forever change my thinking about this brand. I began acquiring every GBD I could get my hands on, to study them, to smoke them, to understand what it was about them that I suddenly found so engaging. From the perfect balance of the shapes to the beautifully chamfered bowl rim, there's just something classically elegant about these old pipes.
I was hoping that once he removed it that we would find that the lava protected the bowl rim from damage. It is a little hard to see from the photos of the stem shown below but this pipe had the same kind of tooth chatter and marks that the rest of the pipes in this estate had.
He took some photos of the stamping that I noted above. The P stamp on the underside of the stem on the left was readable as well. They were worse on the underside of the stem but they were present on the top as well.
My brother did a very thorough job reaming and cleaning this pipe. The bowl looked well reamed and showed that the pipe had never been smoked to the bottom of the bowl – there was still fresh briar at the bottom ¼ of the bowl.
The next four photos show what the pipe looked like when it arrived in Vancouver and I brought it to the work table.
It's almost impossible to decide because the escucheon shape for the two years is the same.